Advent Toy Drive Thank Yous

Thank you to all of our families who helped make our 2021 toy drive an amazing success!  We collected over 1200 toys, which were sent off to the three organizations we had promised to help AND another organization that we found out needed some last minute help to serve their clients.  

Our students have also been busy making Christmas cards for Meals on Wheels recipients and for patients at Riverside Hospital’s Behavioral Health Center. In addition, students have made snowflakes to decorate the windows of patients at Children’s Hospital.  A small group of middle school students assisted with intake and with snack delivery at our parish blood drive on Monday.  All totaled, our students have touched the lives of thousands of children and adults in the Central Ohio community this season, and we are remembering to keep them all in our daily prayers as well.  There are so many ways to give, and so many ways to fulfill the works of mercy that we know structure our lives as disciples of the Baby Jesus whose birth we are about to celebrate.  Our students will certainly always remember the unbelievable impact they were able to have during this Advent season, when we all pulled together and gave from our hearts!

Toy Drive Thank You Notes

Thank you again, so much, for including us in your toy drive.  What a huge blessing it has been!  The toys coming in are so nice and clean, and the parents have been so excited to pick them out.  You guys are just absolutely fabulous!  So far, 200 families have come through our free store.  I don’t know how many children that represents, but it is a lot!  Tomorrow the pastor from Hilliard Church is coming through to pick out  a couple of gifts for about ten families who are struggling there.  And an African church that meets near Smokey Row is also coming to see all the beautiful toys, and they hope to pick out toys so that they are blessed as well.  This has truly been an exceptionally amazing year, thanks to YOU!  Thank you so much!  

One of our families was sent over from the food pantry.  When they arrived, each child got to pick exactly what he or she wanted.  When one of the children spotted the toy she wanted, she was so excited!  The staff helped her find some extra little things to go with the toy she chose, and by the time she left she was the happiest little girl in the world!

-The Staff at Basement Blessings in Lewis Center

Our event was great, thanks to you!  We were able to provide Christmas gifts for over 900 children and will still continue to help through December 13th.  Thank you so much for your help! 

-The Staff at the Delaware Common Ground Free Store.